David Hamm

“I was so happy with all the treatement,” she said. I am so thankful. We have seven grandchildren who can spend time with their grandfather.”

 

David and Joyce Hamm of Canyon Country were eating dinner when David Hamm’s speech suddenly became slurry. He stumbled a bit when he got up but didn’t think anything of it. When he got up the next morning to walk the dog, he experienced the same symptoms.  They immediately headed for the hospital.

 

When Hamm arrived at Henry Mayo he received immediate attention, becoming the hospital’s first stroke patient since the hospital was designated a Primary Stroke Center

 

“We came into the ER and they rushed me back where I had 8 to 10 people working on me,” Hamm said. “They took really good care of me and almost immediately I had a CAT scan and MRI which showed that I had a blood clot that had burst and was affecting all different parts of my brain.”

 

The couple remembers how several nurses provided them with exceptional care and attention. Hamm was treated by Mark Schultz, MD, medical director of the stroke center, with patience and compassion.

 

“He listened to me and took the time to explain what was happening to me and all about the MRI and various test results,” he said.

 

Hamm, 71, considers himself lucky and blessed to have received top-quality care.

 

“All the people there were exceptional,” he said.  They treated me as good as I could be treated.”

 

Joyce Hamm, who was at her husband’s side during his experience at Henry Mayo, recalled that the treatment was quick and amazing from the moment they arrived at the hospital.

 

“I was so happy with all the treatement,” she said. I am so thankful. We have seven grandchildren who can spend time with their grandfather.”